Granny jailed, fined $21M for cocaine in cylinder

first_imgCocaine stashed in gas cylinder… charge against teen grandson withdrawnNaiomi Persaud, the 51-year-old woman who admitted ownership of some 20 pounds of cocaine discovered by Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) ranks stashed in a cooking gas cylinder in her home, was on Wednesday jailed when she appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The woman pleaded guilty to the charge when it was read to her by Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The well wrapped rectangular blocks of cocaine found at the Delph Avenue homeThat charge alleged that on August 7, 2017, she was found to be in possession of the cocaine at her Campbellville, Georgetown house. CANU ranks had swooped down on the house and conducted a search of the premises, unearthing nine well wrapped rectangular packages hidden in a cooking gas cylinder that had a false bottom.Persaud was also fined $21 million which is the calculated street value of the drugs.Originally, the woman’s 17-year-old grandson who is an Under-19 Guyanese cricketer and his girlfriend were arrested for the crime as they were present when the drugs were unearthed.However, the young woman was questioned and released following the disclosure by Persaud that she was the owner of the prohibited substance.Her grandson had the charges against him dropped following the woman’s guilty plea in court on Wednesday.A wanted bulletin was issued for the owner of the house, Andre Gomes, called “Zipper” in which the drugs were reportedly discovered.The man is said to have had previous brushes with the law and it is alleged that Persaud and Gomes share a relationship.The US Embassy is also said to have now revoked the visitor’s visa of Persaud.On the day of the discovery, the cocaine was unearthed concealed in nine packages which were hidden in the gas cylinder which had a false bottom.last_img read more

Soccer legends salute Mandela

first_img19 July 2007Around 35 000 spectators were treated to a high-scoring clash between an African XI and a World XI at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday night in the “90 Minutes for Mandela” football match celebrating the 89th birthday of former South African president Nelson Mandela.Perhaps appropriately, in a game honouring a man who broadcasts a message of equality for all, the spoils were shared as the sides played to a 3-3 draw.Although he could not attend the match, Mandela, who met with a number of famous world figures in Johannesburg on the day, recorded a message which was broadcast over the big screen at the ground.‘An extra special birthday’“Today is indeed an extra special birthday for me, as I have been given this wonderful gift of a football match played in my honour,” he said.“This match is more than just a game; it symbolises the power of football to bring people together from all over the world, regardless of the language they speak or the colour of their skin.”Mandela had already been kitted out for the match on Tuesday when Brazilian legend Pele, three-time African player of the year Samuel Eto’o, and Fifa Vice-President Jack Warner presented him with an official jersey to commemorate the contest. It featured Mandela’s name and the number 89 on the back, while the front featured the 46664 campaign to raise global awareness about HIV/Aids.Blatter’s messageA message from Fifa President Sepp Blatter was also played before the game. He said: “It is a real pleasure to be able to stage this unique match to honour someone who has dedicated his lifetime to the promotion of human rights and democracy, and who has led the endless fight for freedom not only of his people, the South Africans, but of all mankind.”Pele started the match by kicking off with a ball signed by “Madiba”, the name by which Mandela is affectionately known. However, at age 66, Pele didn’t take an active part in the game.Liberian ace George Weah, although not the young and fit star he once was, showed that he still had the skills, and a touch of pace, when in the first minute he left the World XI’s defence for dead and beat goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta with a delicate chip. Unfortunately for Weah, his shot failed to get the better of the upright and he failed to score.First goalIt was the World XI who were first on the scoreboard through Ivan Zamorrano after only six minutes. Emilio Butragueno – “The Vulture” – carved open the African defence with a beautifully weighted through ball. Ruud Gullit, out wide on the right, then centred a perfect cross for Zamorrano to easily beat Andre Arendse with a header.It didn’t take the African XI long to respond. Eto’o, Kalusha Bwalya and Abedi Pele combined before Pele put the finishing touch to a well placed cross from Eto’o.With 30 minutes played, the Africans took the lead through Egypt’s Hossam Hassan, the world record holder with 167 international caps. Tunisian Zoubair Baya set him up, showing fine touch on his pass, and Hassan did the rest, exhibiting the finishing skills that brought him 80 goals for his country.HalftimeThe World XI drew level once more just before the halftime whistle, with Butragueno and Gullit involved again, along with Iran’s Ali Daei. Butragueno and Daei did the setting up and Gullit the finishing to send the teams into the break all square at 2-2.The African XI had the better of the going in the first half, but Spain’s most capped player of all time, goalkeeper Zubizarreta, showed why he had won so many caps, denying Eto’o time after time to keep the World XI in the game.Hassan, though, had found a way through in the first half, and he was in the right place at the right time early in the second half, to put Africa 3-2 in front.The World XI kept pressing for the equaliser and were eventually rewarded when Spain’s Julen Guerrero found the back of the net in the 73rd minute.3-3, and that’s how it ended.Savoured the occasionEto’o savoured the occasion, telling the Fifa website, “I got the opportunity today to realise a dream to be on the same field as Pele – a legend, a giant. And I also got to play next to great players like Ruud Gullit, my great friends and my seniors.“It was also a dream to sit next to Pele, to be able to talk to him, and meet Nelson Mandela with him. You don’t often get the chance to do things like that. It’s really incredible,” Eto’o said.George Weah, too, appreciated the occasion, saying: “To play for Mandela was the greatest thing that could have happened to me. I was here. I was present. I got my souvenir and I am so happy to have been part of the festivities.” Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Meat exports mixed in December

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. pork exports posted a strong finish in 2015 as December volume was the largest since April and the third-largest of the year, according to data released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF). Beef exports were below year-ago levels in December and posted the first full-year value decline since 2009.December exports of U.S. pork were up 3% from a year ago to 188,410 metric tons (mt). Export value was $468.9 million, down 13% from a year ago but the highest since May. For the full calendar year, pork exports were down 2% from a year ago in volume (2.13 million mt) and 16% lower in value ($5.58 billion). Pork muscle cut exports increased 3% in volume (1.7 million mt) while falling 15% in value ($4.77 billion), but pork variety meat exports declined significantly in both volume (434,661 mt, down 17%) and value ($808.4 million, down 22%). However, as USMEF has previously noted, year-over-year comparisons, especially for pork variety meat, may not be entirely accurate due to issues with 2014 data for Japan.Pork exports accounted for 24% of total 2015 production and 21% for muscle cuts only — down from 26.5% and 22%, respectively, in 2014. Export value per head slaughtered averaged $48.31, down 23% from 2014.December U.S. beef exports totaled 94,586 mt, down 6% from a year ago and slightly lower than in November, while export value fell 21% to $507.3 million. In 2015, beef exports were down 11% from a year ago in volume to 1.07 million mt. Export value was $6.3 billion, 12% below the 2014 record of $7.14 billion.Beef exports accounted for 13% of total 2015 production and 10% for muscle cuts only — each down one percentage point from a year ago. Export value per head of fed slaughter averaged $277.87, down 7% from the previous year’s record but still up 13% from 2013.“There is no question that 2015 was a challenging year for red meat exports, with several economic headwinds taking a toll,” said Philip Seng, USMEF president and CEO. “But with production increasing in the year ahead in both the beef and pork industries, we cannot afford to dwell on these circumstances or back away from our commitment to the international markets. We must continue to find innovative ways to differentiate U.S. products, win back market share and regain momentum for exports in 2016. That means aggressive pursuit of new customers and new opportunities, in both emerging and established markets.” Pork exports to Mexico set fourth consecutive recordPork exports to Mexico set a new monthly record in December at 67,980 mt, pushing 2015 volume to 718,819 mt — up 6% from 2014 and setting a new record for the fourth consecutive year. Export value was down 19% to $1.27 billion, reflecting lower U.S. prices, but demand for U.S. pork held up extremely well in Mexico considering the peso was down an average of 16% versus the U.S. dollar in 2015.With several U.S. pork plants recently regaining eligibility for China, December exports to the China/Hong Kong region posted the largest volume in nearly two years at 33,691 mt (up 27% year-over-year). In 2015, exports to China/Hong Kong edged 1% higher in volume (339,056 mt) and were down 10% in value ($700.4 million). China/Hong Kong’s imports from all suppliers set a new record of 1.937 million mt in 2015, up 8%. While the U.S. industry capitalized on this trend late in the year, the European Union was the primary beneficiary, capturing about 70% market share.Exports to leading value market Japan struggled in 2015, declining 13% year-over-year in volume (406,186 mt) and 18% in value ($1.59 billion, the lowest since 2009). A recent decline in Japan’s frozen inventories indicates opportunities for import growth in 2016. But the U.S. continues to face increasing competition in Japan, especially from European suppliers.Other 2015 highlights for U.S. pork (with comparisons to 2014) included:Exports to South Korea increased 24% in volume (167,524 mt) and 6% in value ($470.2 million). Korea’s imports from all suppliers expanded in 2015 as domestic pork production recovered slowly from porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and suffered new outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease.After slumping in the first half of the year, exports to Australia rebounded to 57,763 mt (up 15%), while value slipped by 5% to $171.9 million.Exports to the Caribbean increased 13% in volume (41,143 mt) and fell 3% in value ($100.8 million). This performance was led by record-large exports to the Dominican Republic, which surged 38% in volume (23,265 mt) and 13% in value ($53.1 million).Taiwan showed renewed demand for U.S. pork in 2015, with exports increasing 29% in volume (20,278 mt) and 4% in value ($39.9 million). Korea, Taiwan, Caribbean main bright spots for 2015 beef exportsFueled by strong demand for chilled U.S. beef in its retail and foodservice sectors, beef exports to South Korea increased 7% year-over-year in volume (126,093 mt) while slipping 4% in value ($810.4 million). Korea’s imports of chilled U.S. beef were up about 40% in 2015, with U.S. market share reaching 31%.Beef exports to Taiwan increased 4% year-over-year in volume to 35,286 mt and set a new value record of $318.5 million (up 8%). U.S. chilled beef market share in Taiwan is more than 60%, the highest of any Asian destination.Exports to the Caribbean increased 1% year-over-year in volume (23,208 mt) and 7% in value ($165.7 million) in 2015. Similar to pork, the value increase was driven in large part by strong demand in the Dominican Republic ($58.7 million, up 6%), but double-digit increases were also achieved in the Bahamas ($24.6 million, up 11%) and Jamaica ($16.5 million, up 10%).While Japan remained the leading value market for U.S. beef in 2015, exports declined 15% year-over-year in volume (204,927 mt) and 19% in value ($1.28 billion, the lowest since 2012). Japan imported less beef from all suppliers in 2015, but the U.S. lost market share to Australia, due in part to the 10%age point tariff advantage enjoyed by Australian beef under its economic partnership agreement with Japan.While the weak peso affected demand for U.S. beef in Mexico, exports still topped the $1 billion mark for the second consecutive year ($1.09 billion, down 6%). Mexico reclaimed its position as the leading destination for beef variety meat exports, which increased 8% in volume (110,085 mt) and 9% in value ($290.3 million). This helped offset a decline in variety meat exports to Egypt, which fell 15% in volume (103,276 mt) but still achieved a 3% increase in value ($148.6 million). Lamb exports end tough year on high noteDecember exports of U.S. lamb were the largest since June at 1,057 mt, up 44% year-over-year, while value posted a modest increase to $1.79 million. For the full year, lamb exports declined 9% in volume (9,442 mt) and 30% in value ($19 million) as lower exports to Mexico offset gains in Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia and Costa Rica.last_img read more

The Children Struggle Too!

first_imgWe all play a pivotal role in helping support our military children through the process of deployment. While a soldier’s job may be to fight for and protect our freedom it should never be at the cost of the well-being of his or her child. Become aware of and validate difficult feelings (guilt, resentment, anxiety, confusion, anger, or fear)Become more sensitive to their family structure and living arrangements (some children stay with grandparents- not parents)Acknowledge that children may sense of a loss of time with the deployed parentHelp children maintain a close distance relationship with the deployed parent (allow the child to make things for care packages, record voice notes, create cards and other small gifts online, play online games with the deployed parent, leave the deployed parent Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) messages, etc.)Encourage children to journal or write down feelings they are experiencingAbove all, listen to children. Sometimes children just need to talk without being pressured or judged by others. As every military family knows, deployment is a necessary part of the job. The enlisted service member has a responsibility to the branch of service to which they belong and their responsibilities are taken very seriously. But the family they leave behind is equally important.As a military families support professional, you recognize deployment as one of the most difficult times for families. And while there’s lots of information on how deployment affects the servicemembers and their spouses, what about the impact on their children left at home with one “solo parent” and one who is deployed?The Center for Military Health Policy Research did a recent study in an attempt to explore how deployment affects the academic, social, and emotional well-being of military children. The study looked at 1,500 children aged 11-17. All the children in the study had at least one parent in the military in that 57% had an Army parent, 20% had an Air Force parent, 17% had a Navy parent and the remainder of the parents were in the Coast Guard or Marine Corps.The results showed that children with a deployed parent reported:Increased levels of anxietyEmotional and behavioral difficultiesIncreased problem behaviors, (i.e., fighting)Greater difficulties in social and emotional functioningGreater school or peer-related difficultiesSo what can we do to support these children through one of the most difficult times of their lives? As support professionals we can help the adults in the child’s life to:center_img Have some ideas of your own on how to support children with a deployed parent? Please share them in the comments section below. We would love to hear what works for the families you serve. 🙂last_img read more

TV habits can foretell kids’ fitness

first_imgEach hour of TV that a two to four-year-old watches elevates the risk of a larger waistline and reduction of muscle fitness, says a study.According to experts, children should not watch more than two hours of TV a day.”We already knew that there is an association between pre-school television exposure and the body fat of fourth grade children, but this is the first study to describe more precisely what that association represents,” said Linda Pagani, who conducted the research with Caroline Fitzpatrick, both from the University of Montreal and its St-Justine Mother and Child University Hospital.”Parents were asked about their child’s TV habits. Trained examiners took waist measurements and administered the standing long jump test to measure child muscular fitness,” said Pagani.”We found, for example that each weekly hour of TV at 29 months of age corresponds to a decrease of about a third of a centimetre in the distance a child is able to jump,” said Pagani, the International Journal of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity reported. “The pursuit of sports by children depends in part on their perceived athletic competence,” Fitzpatrick said.”Behavioural dispositions can become entrenched during childhood as it is a critical period for the development of habits and preferred activities. “Accordingly, the ability to perform well during childhood may promote participation in sporting activities in adulthood,” Fitzpatrick said, according to a university statement.Along with their parents, 1,314 children from the Quebec Longitudinal Study of Child Development database participated in this study. When the children were 2.5 to 4.5 years of age, their parents reported how many hours of TV during the week and weekend they watched, said a university statement.The average was 8.8 hours per week at the onset of the study, a figure that increased on average by 6 hours over the next two years to reach 14.8 hours per week by the age of 4.5 years.Thus, 15 percent of the children participating in the study were already watching over 18 hours per week according to their parent’s reports at that time.advertisementlast_img read more

Joel Embiid lifts 76ers past Pacers in return from knee injury

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “I just felt like I had to play this game just to make sure we were in good position,” Embiid said.Embiid was greeted with a rousing standing ovation in his first game for the Sixers since he took a flying leap over actress Regina King on Feb. 13 in New York. Embiid hadn’t played since he was on the court for 23 minutes in the All-Star game, though the team has denied a link between playing in the game and his knee injury.“I felt like at some point after the All-Star game, I was uncomfortable,” Embiid said. “We did some tests and I’m glad everything was good. It’s just about making sure that I’m pretty strong.”Embiid made 11 of 21 shots in 28 minutes and showed the Sixers what they missed in his absence.Early in the fourth, Embiid pump-faked from the top of the 3-point arc, drove the lane and was fouled as he tossed up a one-handed layup. Embiid extended his arms and pointed at himself, mouthing “I’m back” as Sixers fans went wild. He sank the free throw for an 83-74 lead and hit the bench to a standing ovation. Embiid cupped an ear toward the crowd, a signature move from former 76ers great Allen Iverson.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem MOST READ The Sixers are 26-9 at home and want that edge in the playoffs.“We’re on the clock, and I think that the sense of urgency and awareness of what we are getting close to, having to perform at the level that we have to perform at is real for these players,” Brown said. “I can feel that there’s an excitement having Joel back.”The Pacers missed their shot to knock the Sixers down to fifth in the East.The Pacers missed 17 of 20 shots in the third and scored only 11 points while falling behind 72-70 after holding a 14-point lead. The Pacers went the final 6:55 of the third without scoring a basket and never got going in the fourth.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 18 points.“All of them hurt,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “Certainly, this game, with a team so close to you, big game. Had an opportunity to split the series and didn’t get that done.”Embiid was out of basketball shape — conditioning has always been a factor for the 7-footer — and he was whistled for three fouls in his first 9 minutes of play. He was already wiped from a scrimmage on Saturday that left him concerned he’d miss the game.“Yesterday, I was on the floor, crying for my life,” Embiid said. “I didn’t think I was going to come in and play.”Embiid, who missed his first two seasons with injuries, said he expected to sit out other games for rest the remainder of the regular season.Embiid went wild when he was called for a foul on Domantas Sabonis’ drive to the basket in the first quarter. Sabonis appeared to drive the baseline untouched by Embiid and hit the court to toss up a shot. Embiid was called for the foul and was quickly banged for a technical foul for yelling at the referees. Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) goes up for a shot past Indiana Pacers’ Kyle O’Quinn (10) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 10, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid mouthed “I’m back” to a roaring 76ers crowd that had missed the popular big man.The Sixers will need him to stick around to get back among the NBA’s elite.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policycenter_img P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Embiid had 33 points and 12 rebounds in his first game in nearly a month, leading Philadelphia past the Indiana Pacers 106-89 in a pivotal Eastern Conference matchup on Sunday.“He is a difference maker in all ways, shapes and forms,” coach Brett Brown said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEmbiid returned to the lineup after being sidelined by a sore left knee. The Sixers were just 4-4 in his absence, including a blowout loss Friday at Houston that only exacerbated the problem.With Embiid back, the Sixers (42-25) moved into a tie with Indiana for third in the East, and they hold the tiebreaker over the Pacers by virtue of their 3-1 record in the season series. Suns lean on Devin Booker to snap 18-game skid to Warriors 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Embiid was fatigued and frustrated in the first half — and the fans were fed up.The Sixers were soundly booed off the court by 20,636 fans as they trudged into a timeout down 14 points in the second quarter. JJ Redick buried a 3 out of the timeout and Ben Simmons threw down a dunk to help get the crowd going again.Sabonis gave the Pacers a big lift after he missed with five games with an ankle injury. Sabonis, one of the top reserves in the NBA, had five assists in the first half to help Indiana to a 59-51 lead.“If we’re the team that we think we are, these are the kind of games we’ve got to win,” Pacers center Myles Turner said.TIP INS:Pacers: Tyreke Evans, a native of nearby, Chester, Pennsylvania, did not play because of an illness. … The Pacers wore their “Hickory” uniforms.76ers: The 11 points scored by Indiana in the third were the fewest scored against 76ers in any quarter since New Orleans also had 11 in the third on Feb. 9, 2018.UP NEXTPacers: Return home to play New York on Tuesday.Sixers: Host Cleveland on Tuesday. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more